ACC foes will battle when the Clemson Tigers (6-7, 0-3 ACC) take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack (10-3, 1-1 ACC) at Littlejohn Coliseum. Action gets underway at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020, and it can be seen on ACC Network.
North Carolina State Wolfpack at Clemson Tigers Betting Preview
The last time the Wolfpack played, they defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 72-60. With 18 points and 11 rebounds, Devon Daniels played well for North Carolina State. North Carolina State played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 43.6 (above their season average of 28.5) and a free throw rate of 0.177 (below their season average of 0.212). For those same stats, Appalachian State recorded marks of 25.0 and 0.123, respectively.
The Tigers are trying to rebound after their 73-68 loss to the Miami (FL) Hurricanes in their last outing. Aamir Simms was Clemson’s high scorer with 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Miami (FL) did an excellent job of making free throws (9-10; 90.0 percent). Clemson, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (26.3 vs. 22.2).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Wolfpack won both contests played against each other last season. In the most recent contest, North Carolina State won 59-58. The Wolfpack played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.125 and a turnover percentage of 11.8. The Tigers had marks of 0.081 and 15.5, respectively, for those same stats.
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball protection could play a key role in this matchup. North Carolina State commits the 43rd-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 17.0 percent), while the pesky defense of Clemson forces the 49th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.3 percent).
North Carolina State at Clemson ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Clemson, ATS Winner – Clemson, O/U – Under
The Wolfpack average 37.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 97th in the nation. The Tigers rank 130th in rebounds allowed per game (35.1).
North Carolina State ranks 30th in blocks per game (4.9) while Clemson ranks 177th (2.1).
The Wolfpack rank 137th in three pointers attempted per game (22.5) while the Tigers rank 220th in three pointers allowed per game (25.0).
North Carolina State ranks 43rd in steals per game (8.5) while Clemson ranks 120th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
The Tigers have been outscored by an average of 3.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Clemson has defeated opponents by an average of 4.7 points.
During their last five games, the Wolfpack have scored an average of 79.8 points per game (1.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (2.4 above their season average).